By Emma Fodor
Office of University Marketing and Communications

University of Central Arkansas adjunct faculty Ann Ballard Bryan is the recipient of the Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication.

Bryan is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Art and Design and teaches History of Architecture, Interiors and Furnishings I & II, Introduction to Historic Preservation and Interior Drawing & Rendering. She also leads study abroad courses in Florence, Italy.  

Bryan has been awarded by Preserve Arkansas, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to preserve and save the architectural and cultural resources and historic places of Arkansas. According to Preserve Arkansas, the award “recognizes authors, editors, and publishers who write or create books or significant journal articles about preservation in Arkansas.” Bryan’s peers nominated her work, “Historic Preservation: The Boyhood Home of Levon Helm,” which has now been recognized statewide for the award. 

Bryan had six students help participate in the making of the award-winning article. The article focuses on Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and singer of The Band. She wanted to bring attention back to Helm and The Band’s career and the history of where they started in Arkansas. 

“I know when Earle Bailey from Sirius XM Radio messaged me and mentioned us on-air, that a UCA class project reached many communities far beyond Arkansas and the U.S. in a positive way, and that is pretty cool,” she said. 

She will officially receive her award during the online ceremony Jan. 22, 2021.